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Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb (1980)

The decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.

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David Lowell Rich
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Billy Crystal ... Lieutenant Jacob 'Jake' Beser
Kim Darby ... Lucy Tibbets
Patrick Duffy ... Colonel Paul Tibbets
Gary Frank ... Major Tom Ferebee
Gregory Harrison ... Captain Bob Lewis
Stephen Macht ... Major Wiiliam 'Bud' Uanna
Walter Olkewicz ... Sergeant Shug Crawford
Robert Pine ... Captain William 'Deke' Parsons
James Shigeta ... Field Marshall Abehata
Robert Walden ... J. Robert Oppenheimer
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Alexander Sachs
Richard Herd ... General Groves
Henry Wilcoxon ... Secretary of War Stimson
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Michael Tucci ... Captain Claude Eatherly
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The decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enola Gay See more »

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Viacom Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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The other pilots refer to Captain Bob Lewis as having been Tibbets' "fair-haired boy on two continents." While Lewis was an experienced test pilot, he had not yet served overseas at that point. See more »

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Colonel Paul Tibbets: Improperly commandeered an airplane...
Captain Bob Lewis: I was on official business.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Lost in the middle of a snowstorm...
Captain Bob Lewis: Do you expect me to control the weather?
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Didn't occur to you to use instruments...
Captain Bob Lewis: My compass was out, SIR.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Set down in the middle of a corn field...
Captain Bob Lewis: It was on the approach to the airport.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: So why didn't you use the airport?
Captain Bob Lewis: Because I was out of gas! It was one gorgeous piece of flying.
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Remake of Above and Beyond (1952) See more »

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Enola Gay: "Based On A True Story" - But Filled With Inaccuracies
4 February 2019 | by davidwileSee all my reviews

Hey folks,

I have read many books and have seen many films about the Manhattan Project and dropping the atomic bombs on Japan. This film gets the chronological timing wrong in several places and uses comic relief when none is required.

Bob Lewis is portrayed as an old buddy of Paul Tibbets, yet I do not recall ever reading or seeing any documentation that would support such a relationship. Tibbets was portrayed as saying he wanted to pick his own men rather than the ones selected by his superiors. In fact, Tibbets did indicate that he wanted to make personnel selections, but that was probably no more than thirty men he had commanded previously. A few of the men I remember he selected included his radio operator, bombardier, navigator, and two other enlisted men who actually flew with him on the mission.

The 509th Composite Group consisted of about two thousand men, so his personally choosing less than fifty of the two thousand was no big deal. It seemed the director, the writers, and the actors had little or no knowledge about the Manhattan Project and especially the 509th mission details. It seems a shame this film falls so short in these details.

Best wishes, Dave Wile


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